The changing healthcare landscape brings new market realities: a wider range of consumer choices, lower-cost health plans with narrow provider networks, and limited knowledge among providers and patients about the specific insurance products in which they participate. Inaccuracies in provider directories can result in patients unknowingly accessing out-of-network providers or being unable to find where an in-network provider is located.
To address consumer concerns, the federal government, states and other regulatory bodies are issuing new regulations to ensure provider directories are current and accurate.
Regulatory and accrediting bodies are imposing new provider directory requirements on health plans. They include:
In addition, 26 states now have similar provider directory requirements for other health plan products.
Health plans may face monetary fines for noncompliance.
The one-to-many solution enables providers to update a specific subset of their information required for provider directories within CAQH ProView. That information can then be shared with all participating health plans which providers authorize to receive their information. This process eliminates the need for outreach to providers from every plan with which they contract.
Beginning in December 2015, CAQH started emailing quarterly reminders to healthcare providers on behalf of participating health plans to review their directory information. The email asks providers to log in to CAQH ProView, review their provider directory information (“Provider Directory Snapshot”), make any necessary updates and then confirm that this information can be published. Those who do not respond to email are also contacted by phone. The confirmation is time stamped, and a snapshot of the information is taken for audit purposes.
Directory confirmation integrates with the regular CAQH ProView attestation process that providers are familiar with for credentialing purposes, making the experience seamless.
Providers are asked to review, update and confirm a directory-specific subset of their full CAQH ProView data profile – the “Provider Directory Snapshot” – as part of the usual attestation process. The included fields are based on federal and state regulatory requirements and feedback from CAQH member plans. Additional data elements may be added in the future based on the needs of participating health plans.
The following data elements are currently included in each Provider Directory Snapshot:
Yes. Providers who are already familiar with CAQH ProView will find the solution easy to use. Revising outdated data is quick. In fact, CAQH conducted a pilot to test the solution with 3,000 providers, and their feedback was overwhelmingly positive.
Based on the new requirements, health plans must contact providers regularly to confirm and update their directory information. DirectAssure consolidates these requests for directory updates from multiple health plans into a single quarterly reminder email to providers.
All providers on a health plan provider directory roster receive this reminder email to log in to CAQH ProView to review, update and confirm their directory information. These email notifications are sent to the “primary method of contact” email address in CAQH ProView listed for each provider.
CAQH emails all providers on a health plan's CAQH directory roster on a quarterly basis. The email asks them to review, update and confirm their directory information shown in their “Provider Directory Snapshot.”
Yes. CAQH conducts outreach to all providers, regardless of their CAQH ProView status. If a provider in Expired status does not respond to the email outreach, CAQH will initiate a phone call to the provider. Phone calls are prioritized for providers who have been expired the longest, with a target of at least one phone outreach every six months to providers who do not respond to email communications.
Directory confirmation integrates with the regular CAQH ProView attestation process. Providers are now able to both update their health plan directory information and re-attest to all their CAQH ProView professional information concurrently. Providers who complete the required attestation steps upon receipt of the quarterly email will, in fact, be re-attesting to their data every 90 days.
However, should providers not follow this 90-day schedule to update their provider data, they are still required to attest to their data profiles every 120 days (every 180 days for IL providers) to comply with credentialing requirements. If providers do not attest within the required timeframe, their CAQH ProView status will be changed to Expired.
Participating health plans have access to the Outreach Compliance Report, an auditable record of provider outreach performed by CAQH. CAQH reports on all active providers on a participating health plan’s directory roster who have completed attestation in CAQH ProView, a record of all provider-facing communications, and the outcomes of those communications. This report is provided in ASCII or Excel format and available on the sFTP server.
The report includes:
Yes. All attested provider updates made for directory use are available in the CAQH ProView standard extract. Each provider’s data profile remains as a single dataset within CAQH ProView. This increases the accuracy of provider data used for credentialing and other purposes.
Yes. Health plans need to submit and maintain separate roster files for provider directory and all other uses, including credentialing. The provider directory file requires a specific format. Please contact your CAQH account manager to obtain access to the roster file specifications.
Providers submitted on a provider directory roster do not need to have an existing CAQH ProView account or already be included on a traditional CAQH ProView roster. CAQH sends new providers a welcome email inviting them to join CAQH ProView to create, update and maintain their directory information.
Roster additions may be submitted daily. Rosters should reflect the names of providers currently participating in, or contracted with, the health plan’s network.
Health plans should send only additions and deletions after the initial directory roster submission. Providers remain on a plan’s directory roster until the plan explicitly indicates they should be removed.
As of January 2016, adding and removing providers within the roster is managed via SFTP roster files.
Yes, the system has been designed for different sets of providers, to allow for cases in which a plan must outreach to providers whom they are not credentialing.
CAQH can assist in transforming a current return roster into directory roster. After the initial directory roster submission, you will have to submit the same additions and removals to both rosters.
Yes. A provider directory return roster is sent to organizations participating in DirectAssure.
A provider directory extract is available to health plans that participate in DirectAssure. This data extract contains any confirmed and attested information for all providers on an organization’s provider directory roster. Data extracts include only those providers who have attested since the last extract was received. A summary file is included in the extract to identify what directory information has changed since the last attestation.
CAQH emailed all practice managers currently using CAQH ProView to inform them about reviewing, updating and confirming a directory-specific subset of the full CAQH ProView data profile – the “Provider Directory Snapshot”. The CAQH ProView training webinars are augmented with information related to how to update and confirm provider directory information. Training documentation and FAQs are also available to providers and practice managers. Click here for FAQs to distribute to your provider network.